James Jaillet

Pilot, Western Express reach settlement in fuel rebate withholding suit

Pilot Flying J has reached a settlement with Western Express in a lawsuit in which the carrier said Pilot's alleged fuel rebate withholding scheme cost it $75 million in expenses and debt.

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FMCSA makes med card retention extension official: Drivers must carry paper copy until 2015

Drivers must continue to carry paper copies of their medical examiner's certificate until Jan. 30, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Jan. 10.

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Updated list: Exemptions to hours regs issued in some states for propane, fuel, relief load haulers

In wake of Winter Storm Hercules and the extreme temperatures in impacted states, several states have issued exemptions or waivers of federal hours-of-service rules for truck drivers hauling fuel to or in those states.

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Medical certification deadline update: Extension to 2015 in the works

As the Jan. 30 deadline looms for CDL holders to self-certify their operating and medical credentials with their license-issuing state, drivers may still need to carry paper cards.

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New Prime Inc. ordered to pay $100k to driver it allegedly retaliated against

New Prime Inc., part of mega fleet Prime Inc., has been ordered to pay a former driver $100,000 after OSHA deemed it submitted damaging information about the driver to DAC in retaliation. The carrier is appealing the ruling.

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Safety fitness rule scheduled for May, as e-log, driver database rule still expected soon

Despite a DOT regulatory update from Tuesday, Jan. 7, that hinted a Safety Fitness Determination rule could come this month, the rule is not actually expected to be published until May 30.

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Dept. of Energy still predicting diesel to fall roughly 10 cents a year in 2014, 2015

As supply growth is expected to exceed growth in demand, the Department of Energy predicts the average price of diesel in 2014 to fall 11 cents to $3.81 and to fall in 2015 another 9 cents to $3.72.

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Diesel price eases upward, closes year over year gap

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel rose again this week, though only slightly, ticking up seven-tenths of a cent to $3.910, according to the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration.

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Trucker who refused to drive awarded back wages, fleet ordered to stop retaliation

Oak Harbor Freight Lines has been ordered by OSHA to pay a former driver back wages and to stop an attendance policy that the department says retaliates against drivers who refuse to drive due to safety reasons.

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Legal pot: Still a no go for truckers

Marijuana is still prohibited for truck drivers, despite some state measures to legalize the drug. Here's a roundup of previous OD coverage on legal pot, including science behind driving while stoned and legal pot's potential affect on trucking.

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